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Rebranding the Dreaded Essay: How to Demystify Essays and Make Them Meaningful During COVID-19

Whenever students hear the word “essay,” they groan, eye roll, and plead for something, anything else.  Similarly, most adults I know remember high school or college essays they grudgingly finished just under the wire; late-night coffee, obsessive word counting, and a fair amount of teacher-specific bs-ing. It’s clear “The Essay” gets a bad rap, and [...]

One Step At A Time: My Go To Lesson With Van Gogh’s Starry Night

My Go-To Lesson If I were to ask you what is your “go-to” lesson, I bet a dozen donuts you could tell me all about it!  Well, one of my favorite ones involves several different variations of Van Gogh’s Starry Night.  Small side story - while visiting my son and daughter-in-law in Dallas, we took [...]

Genius Hour: A Perfect Way to Make Virtual Learning BURST!

In the beginning ... On this particular day in my classroom, you would have found a service dog standing faithfully by their owner as she explained how her dog detected her insulin levels.  Or you might notice a laptop flashing intricate patterns of code while a robot zoomed up to you carrying a piece of [...]

By |2020-11-18T12:39:34-05:00November 18th, 2020|Coronavirus, COVID, COVID-19, Instruction & Curriculum, Literacy|0 Comments

Return to Panem:Teaching Possibilities with The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

When the original Hunger Games series was released, with its conclusion published in 2010, I was busy teaching 8th grade English at a suburban/rural middle school in Tennessee. I immediately saw possibilities in the book and was encouraged by a colleague’s work with the first novel at another middle school. I began using the first [...]

By |2020-10-14T11:06:12-04:00October 14th, 2020|English Language Learners, Featured, Literacy|0 Comments

Is it Time to Kill Mockingbird and Embrace Mercy?

Is it Time to Kill Mockingbird?  Until recently, To Kill A Mockingbird was one of few classics I actually liked. I’ve usually pushed back against the canon, but I could get behind a story about a precocious young tomboy who helps her father fight against racial injustice.  But, as I read it once again with [...]

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